Grand tour. Grand tour shopping. Why don’t you take a break from shopping tours and go to visit an exhibition ? Especially one of the greatest photographer of all times. Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). Can you figure modern black and white pictures in an old roman Palazzo ? This is the key of this new Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition in Galleria Corsini, via della Lungara 10. You will be able to visit it up to June 30th. The title is “The Sensitive Lens”. It displays 45 works of still lifes, landscapes, classical sculptures, men nudes and Renaissance Composition.

The curator is Flaminia Gennari and She mentioned that the american photograher was a collector of historical photos. She explains: “ On many occasions his photos have been compared to works of artists such as Michelangelo, Auguste Rodin, Hendrick Goltzius”. He never visited Galleria Corsini but he would have love it. The rooms are still arranged according to the taste of Cardinal Neri Maria Corsini ( 1685-1770). In the 18th Century, paintings were on the walls, according to criteria of symmetry and variety of composition which encouraged visitors to identify similarities and differences among the works. These are the same principles that guided Mapplethorpes’s lens in his career. Visitors are invited to explore Galleria Corsini as if they were Connoisseurs.

2019 is the 30th anniversary of Robert Mapplethorpe death and it is part of a series of exhibitions in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. They will be a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and one at the Museo Madre in Naples. A suggestion of shopping? Buy the book by Patti Smith “Just Kids” and you will learn a lot about Robert Mapplethorpe.